Words from the Heart for Tuesday March 17th, 2020
Jesus stood up and proclaimed, “If any one thirst, let him come to me and drink. He who believes in me, as the scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart shall flow rivers of living water.’”
John 7:37b-38 (RSV)
Rivers of Living Waters
The Mackenzie River is the longest river system in Canada and includes the second-largest drainage basin of any North American river after the Mississippi. It flows through a vast, thinly populated region of forest and tundra entirely within the Northwest Territories in Canada, although its many tributaries reach into five other Canadian provinces and territories. The river’s main stem is 1,738 kilometres long, flowing north-northwest from Great Slave Lake into the Arctic Ocean. Its extensive watershed drains about 20 percent of Canada.
In the midst of the Great Depression, my wife’s grandmother, a mother of seven, had little to feed her family. But as a follower of Jesus, she would do her best when preparing a meal to have a little left over to give to those who would occasionally knock on her door looking for food. Because of what Jesus had done in her life, she poured out love and compassion on others. Jesus spoke about that in John 7:37b-38: “Jesus stood up and proclaimed, “If any one thirst, let him come to me and drink. He who believes in me, as the scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart shall flow rivers of living water.’” When Jesus fills our lives with His love and grace, the living water of His presence not only provides for us but flows out of us into the hearts and lives of others. We are not saved to sit and soak, but to serve and to allow Him to flow out of us. If you have experienced the living water of Jesus’ refreshing presence, consciously look for someone today that Jesus, in you, can touch with His love.
These have been words from the heart.